booting other oses

Dave Aubin daubin at
Wed Aug 25 07:50:01 CEST 2004

Hi Stefan,

  What is your goal to want to use Linux bios?  If your goal is to get 
It to load a Linux kernel, then try etherboot.  There is also etherboot 
With filo.  Etherboot will provide an elf file for you that is network
Card aware and also has support for ide hd access.  There is also a flavor
Of etherboot that has filo support in it.  Filo gives the ability to load
Off of a usb stick.  Knowing this you can use the net, ide drive or usb stick 
To load your os.  Gotta love it;)


-----Original Message-----
From: linuxbios-admin at [mailto:linuxbios-admin at] On Behalf Of Jakob Praher
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 6:50 AM
To: linuxbios
Subject: Re: booting other oses

hi Stefan,

thanks für the info.
I have included some additional questions.
but lets summarize what I think I know:
linuxbios is a bootstrapper thats able to load a linux kernel/elf binary from within a flash rom/file/...? 
or is linuxbios itself a linux kernel that is able to execute another elf binary?
if the first option is true, it would probably need hardware access code for accessing ide/scsi disks without the 16bit callbacks (INT13 and

Am Mit, den 25.08.2004 schrieb Stefan Reinauer um 11:26:
> * Jakob Praher <jpraher at> [040825 09:31]:
> > how/where does linuxbios do the loading of other oses?
> LinuxBIOS can load an arbitrary static ELF binary from flash or disk.

how do you then be able to load ntldr or something like that?
afaik ntldr is no elf executable it is either a COFF/PE or it is a DOS exe ...

> > linuxbios loads the linux kernel from the flashrom, which then it is 
> > in real mode imho.
> It can also load a bootloader from flash, like etherboot, filo or 
> start openbios. This is all in protected mode though. Real mode is 
> gone for good 17 instructions after power-on

thats good to know.

> > for instance how would linuxbios boot into for instance grub or lilo?
> grub and lilo both don't work in LinuxBIOS since they are using PCBIOS 
> 16bit callbacks ("interrupts") for IO. If you want to use those 
> anyways, have a look at ADLO

I understand. so what is the preferred boot loader with linuxbios?

> (See mailing list archive for above phrases ;)

-- Jakob


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